A Lafayette woman has been sentenced after pleading guilty to a federal
charge of embezzlement of union funds from Iron Workers Local 379, the U.S.
Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana said.
Jeanne Brophy, 39, was sentenced to two years probation and a $1,000 fine.
Local 379 represents 195 active and 245 retired structural iron workers who
work for approximately 100 employers in a 13-county area around Lafayette.
According to the U.S. Attorney, Brophy was the office manager for Local 379.
Her responsibilities included completing government filings, reconciling
local accounts, preparing union checks, and maintaining the ledgers of the
local’s QuickBooks and the general ledger of the Boomer Vacation Fund, the
latter of which was created to assist local members in saving for vacation
days and paid holidays because employers did not pay for them.
“A set amount of money was withheld from a union member’s payroll check and
forwarded to the Boomer Vacation Fund,” the U.S. Attorney said.
“In this case, the defendant was the signatory on the account. She wrote
numerous unauthorized checks which were drawn on the Boomer Vacation Fund
account. In addition, in an initial attempt to repay the funds, the
defendant stole money from other union funds/accounts to cover her criminal
Brophy has made full restitution of the $47,000 to the union, the U.S.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor.